Maybe Donald Trump wants to repeal the estate tax just because he’s rich

There’s a saying that applies to the most vociferous political opponents of the estate tax: Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. Every four years, Republican presidential candidates engage in a symbolic ritual of estate tax batting practice. Like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney of years […]


How our screwed-up CEO pay system makes climate change worse

    Runaway CEO pay at the 30 largest U.S. public fossil fuel corporations rewards short-term actions, with disastrous results for the world’s climate, a new report finds. CEOs at big oil, gas, and coal corporations are rewarded for a short-term fixation on pumping up quarterly share prices. They receive pay perks for expanding carbon […]


Student Debt Time Bomb

    There’s a generational time-bomb ticking — and the student debt crisis is the trip wire. Adults under 35 disproportionately bear the brunt of escalating inequality. America’s educated youth are graduating into an economy with stagnant wages and a torn safety net. Federal and state budget cuts, meanwhile, have spiked tuition costs and cut […]


A Gates Plan for Eliminating Student Debt

A tax on inherited wealth could eliminate student debt while reducing growing inequality. Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates. Not the Bill Gates you’re probably thinking of. It was Bill Gates Sr., the Microsoft founder’s dad. He was eager to speak out in support of the federal estate tax, our […]


Featured Article: The American Prospect — Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?

Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? “I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody […]


“Hey Granny, Would You Vote For Bernie?”

    Lessons from an Irish Political Revolution Are you under 25 and want Bernie Sanders to be the next President?  Don’t underestimate the considerable power you have with your parents and grandparents. Do you have family in a Super Tuesday state?  Make a date to talk to them this weekend. Imagine a movement of […]

Tedx Talk

TEDx Talk -“Wealthiest 1 Percent: Come Home!”

TEDx Talk Check out my new TEDx Talk, posted from TEDx Jamaica Plain in October 2016.  I urge affluent and wealthy Americans to “come home,” bringing their wealth, networks, and stake in the common good to our communities.  Click on the link below!  And share if you’re inspired.          


Dorothy Day Economics

    It was heartening and surprising to hear Pope Francis lift up the legacy of Dorothy Day in his speech before Congress. “Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints,” said Francis before both houses […]


Risking Arrest: I Paint the Line, Because You’re Mine

  “The Pipeline is Coming !  The Pipeline is Coming! RISKING ARREST: I PAINT THE LINE, BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE This morning, I engaged in an act of reluctant civil disobedience. Here’s why: a Texas-based energy corporation, Spectra, is about to break ground on a high-pressure gas pipeline in my neighborhood. We’ve done everything we can […]


Olympic Inequality: Can Olympics in Boston Reduce the Wealth Gap?

    “As someone concerned about inequality, what would it take for you to support the Olympics in Boston in 2024?” That is the question that journalist Neil Swidey asked me for his article that appears today in the Boston Globe Magazine. My quick answer: If the Olympics were designed to support a well-planned agenda […]